I decided to open the bottle of holiday champagne my boss had given me. My understanding is that a really good bottle of champagne does not pop wildly off as in the movies, and though I have no idea of quality, I had hopes that I'd been given something decent. The little protective wire mesh holding the cork in scared me a bit, but I worked it off and then began thumbing the cork cautiously, and all of a sudden--
It was like a gun being shot off--the cork ricocheted off the wall and disappeared somewhere behind my TV set, leaving my ears ringing.
I should have done that about 24 hours ago as the fireworks were going off.